Custom Actions for Thunar File Manager

Thunar File Manager Custom Actions

The file manager Thunar allows users to create a custom actions and add these to the file and folder context menus. A great feature and perfect for improving workflow and or automating repetitive tasks.

Custom Actions

Here are some actions that you might find useful. They have been setup to work on Ubuntu but will most likely work on other Linux distributions. At the moment they are mostly related to processing images. The command can simply be copy and pasted. Adding a custom action.

Graphics

Compress PNG images

Name: Compress PNG
Command: pngquant –force –ext .png %F
File pattern: *.png;*.PNG
Appears if selection contains: Image Files

This action compresses multiple images or a single selected image. It replaces the original. Requires pngquant.

sudo apt install pngquant

Compress JPG

Name: Compress JPG
Command: jpegoptim -s m90 %F
File pattern: *.jpg;*.JPG
Appears if selection contains: Image Files

This action compresses multiple images or a single selected image. It replaces the original. Requires jpegoptim.

sudo apt install jpegoptim

Inkscape Export PNG

Name: Export PNG
Command: inkscape –export-type=png %f
File pattern: *.svg
Appears if selection contains: Image Files

This action will take an SVG and export this to PNG with the same dimensions as the SVG file. Requires Inkscape.

sudo apt install inkscape

Optimise SVG

Name: Optimise SVG
Command: svgo –pretty %F
File pattern: *.svg
Appears if selection contains: Image Files

Compress and optimise SVG files. Replaces the original. Requires svgo.

sudo npm -g install svgo

PNM to SVG

Name: Convert to SVG
Command: potrace -sn -r 90 –flat %f
File pattern: *.pnm
Appears if selection contains: Image Files

Convert PNM files to SVG. Requires potrace.

sudo apt install potrace

Split PDF

Name: Split PDF
Command: qpdf –split-pages %f %n-.pdf
File pattern: *.pdf
Appears if selection contains: Other Files

Splits a PDF into individual pages. Requires qpdf.

sudo apt install qpdf

Adding Custom Actions

For information on adding a custom action in Thunar I would suggest the official documentation Adding a Custom Action

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